HOUSEHOLDERS across Keighley are being warned to “get ready for winter”.

Yorkshire Water is advising customers to ensure pipes are insulated, to avoid potential problems during freezing temperatures.

The company says exposed pipes can freeze or burst during cold weather, causing damage and leaving householders without water.

It adds that customers should wrap pipes in foam insulation, or lagging.

Emily Brady, from Yorkshire Water, said: “Have a look around your home for pipes, taps, cisterns, tanks and water meters in unheated areas that might be exposed to the cold. If you find any, cut a piece of lagging to size and clip it on. If you’ve got some cable ties handy, pop a couple on to keep it secure.

“This will also help insulate your hot water system and could save you money on heating bills. Protect your outdoor taps with a tap cover to stop them freezing.”

If you have no water coming from your tap and suspect you have a frozen pipe, turn the tap on at your kitchen sink and heat the pipe with a hairdryer. Never use a naked flame to defrost it. Should you have a burst pipe, turn the water off at the stop tap to minimise damage and water loss and contact a plumber.

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